Service No: 2514989F
Date of Birth: 02 June 1998
Place of Birth : Sangrur dist(Pun)
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit: 03 Punjab
Arm/Regt: The Punjab Regiment
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020
Sep Gurbinder Singh belonged to Tolewal village in Sunam tehsil of Sangrur district in Punjab. Born on June 2, 1998, Sep Gurbinder was the youngest son of Shri Labh Singh and Smt Charanjit Kaur. After completing his school education, he joined the army in Mar 2018 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into the 3 Punjab battalion of the Punjab Regiment, one of the most decorated infantry Regiments of the Indian Army. Sep Gurbinder Singh had got engaged and was to be married in the latter part of 2020, but destiny had something else in store for him.
Operation Snow Leopard: 15 June 2020
During June 2020, Sep Gurbinder Singh’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. There had been many rounds of talks between senior military officials from both sides to diffuse the tensions. On 15 June 2020 night, hectic Chinese activities were noticed across the bridge in Galwan valley and the Indian Army decided to take up the matter with Chinese forces to ask them to respect the LAC and adhere to the position as agreed earlier during the talks.
Considering the gravity of the situation, Col Santosh Babu the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, an altercation during the discussion raised the tempers leading to a scuffle. Soon the scuffle turned into a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers attacking Sep Gurbinder Singh and his men with deadly clubs and rods. The Indian soldiers were greatly outnumbered and the Chinese soldiers seemed to be prepared for the attack. As the clashes escalated, Sep Gurbinder Singh and other soldiers from 3 Punjab too joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Sep Gurbinder Singh got seriously injured. Sep Gurbinder Singh, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nk Deepak Kumar, Nb Sub Mandeep Singh Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav K Palani, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, and Sep Ankush. Sep Gurbinder Singh was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Sep Gurbinder Singh was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Sep Gurbinder Singh is survived by his father Shri Labh Singh mother Smt Charanjit Kaur, brother Shri Gurpreet Singh and sister Sukhjit Kaur.
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